Kazakh Peacekeepers to join UN mission
120 Kazakh peacekeepers are ready to join the mission in Lebanon. According to the Kazakh Defense Ministry, the military men will serve as part of the Indian battalion. The Kazakh and Indian defense officials are working on finalizing the agreements. This fall, the Kazakh regiment will leave for the Middle East. The troops will be responsible for patrolling the area, organizing observation points, monitoring the observance of ceasefire and analyzing the situation.
TALGAT MUKHTAROV, KAZAKH DEPUTY DEFENSE MINISTER:
- This initiative complies with the 43rd article of the Charter of the United Nations. All the member countries of the UN should provide the Armed Forces with the assistance required for the maintenance of international peace and security. We are planning to send our forces for the mission till November of the next year. Every six months we will replace the members of our troops.
The Defense Ministry increased the number of military observes and staff officers that will participate in the UN missions in Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Western Sahara and Cyprus up to 40 people. The rotation of the peacekeeping troops will be performed every half a year.